Water Voices: Up & Down with the Floridan Aquifer

  • 29 Feb 2016
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Florida Gateway College, 149 SE College Pl, Lake City, FL 32025


Water Voices is coming to Lake City! Created by the Ichetucknee Alliance, this popular speaker series will feature geologist Jim Gross explaining how the health of our drinking water, springs and rivers goes “Up & Down With the Floridan Aquifer” from 7-9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, in room 102 of the Wilson S. Rivers Library and Media Center at Florida Gateway College, 149 SE College Place, Lake City, Florida 32025. Admission is free and everyone is invited to attend.


“My talk will focus on some of the common myths and misunderstandings about the Floridan aquifer system and water use in Florida,” Gross explained. “I’ll discuss how these misunderstandings hurt our ability to manage our water supplies in a sustainable manner.”

Gross will discuss:

  • How significant groundwater withdrawals in North Florida compare to the amount of available water.
  • Who is using how much water and why that is important to know.
  • Common myths about groundwater and how these myths undermine sustainable management.
  • What it will take to achieve long-term security in our groundwater supplies.
Gross is a licensed professional geologist in both California and Florida. He has more than 35 years of experience in water resources work, including 18 years in long-term regional water supply planning for two Florida water management districts, St. Johns River and South Florida. He has worked for industry, academia, regional planning agencies and consulting firms. He has a master’s degree in geology from New Mexico State University. Gross and his family live in Gainesville.

Water Voices is a series of conversations that are designed to broaden and deepen the ongoing public discussions about water issues in North Central Florida. There will be time at the end of the program for questions and answers and an opportunity for audience members to have one-on-one conversations with Gross and with members of the sponsoring organizations.

Water Voices is organized by the Ichetucknee Alliance and co-sponsored by the Alliance, the Water Resources Program at Florida Gateway College, and Our Santa Fe River.

For more information, email wordwitch@windstream.net or call Lucinda Merritt at 386-454-0415. 
To R.S.V.P., visit the official event page.

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